Microsoft Increasing Intune and EMS ‘Standalone’ Prices in July
Microsoft last week announced plans to increase the price of “standalone” subscriptions to its Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility plus Security (EMS) products starting in July.
The standalone Intune price will be $8 per user per month, up from $6. The standalone EMS E3 plan price will be $11 per user per month, up from $9. These price hikes will take effect on July 1, 2021.
Microsoft currently lists the EMS E3 standalone plan at $8.80 per user per month, with an annual commitment, as shown at this page. The EMS E3 plan incidentally includes Intune.
Standalone Intune, typically sold through partners, was listed by IT vendor CDW at $72.99 for one device per year at this page.
Organizations may be using EMS and Intune in Microsoft’s bundled Microsoft 365 E3 plan, which also provides access to Office 365 applications and Windows 10 Enterprise. However, Microsoft isn’t planning to increase the price of the Microsoft 365 E3 plan in July, even though the cost will rise for the two standalone offerings.
The “standalone” term is Microsoft’s lingo for a single product that can be licensed apart from a product bundle.
The price increases for the standalone products was attributed to “significant investments in Microsoft Endpoint Manger and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) [that Microsoft made] over the past 18 months,” according to the announcement.
The price hikes for the standalone products likely aren’t an attempt to nudge organizations toward purchasing the Microsoft 365 E3 plan. That plan, which includes Windows and apps, as well as management tools, is much more steeply priced at $32 per user per month, per this page.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media’s Converge360 group.